Most Popular TV Series Released 1947-01-01 to 1947-12-31


1. The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)

30 min | Family

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A variety show hosted by the famous puppet Howdy Doody and his ventriloquist. This show was aired in front of the famous peanut gallery on the early days of American Television.

Stars: Bob Smith, Bill LeCornec, Lew Anderson, Nick Nicholson

Votes: 126

2. Meet the Press (1947– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Weekly news program offering political interviews and analysis of current events by elected officials and experts.

Stars: David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Tim Russert, Lawrence E. Spivak

Votes: 260

3. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Vaughn Taylor, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 97

4. Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957)

15 min | Family, Comedy

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Stars: Burr Tillstrom, Cecil Bill, Colonel Richard Crackie, Oliver J. Dragon

Votes: 59

5. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film", "TV show", "book" or "song" as well as "small word (... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Beverly Garland, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 45

6. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

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In a pattern that many domestic sitcoms would follow over the next 15 years, the plotlines followed the exploits of zany Mary Kay. Her husband, Johnny, was a sane, sensible banker who had ... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Kay Stearns, John Stearns, Howard Fischer, Nydia Westman

Votes: 14

7. Photographic Horizons (1947– )

30 min

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8. Public Prosecutor (1947–1951)

20 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Stars: John Howard, Anne Gwynne, Walter Sande, John Harmon

Votes: 5

9. Café Continental (1947–1955)

45 min

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Cabaret spectacular.

Stars: Claude Frederic, Al Burnett, Michelle de Lys, Sydney Jerome

10. Small Fry Club (1947–1951)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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This genteel children's show aimed at pre-schoolers encouraged good behavior among its viewers. Skits were performed by a group of in-studio characters (actors in animal costumes).

Stars: Bob Emery, Howard J. Schuman

11. WJLA ABC 7 News (1947– )

News

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Stars: Erik Mueller, Richard Barker, Ruth MacPete, Charles Gibson

12. Highway to the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Drama

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A soap opera about a singer who tries to make it big in the city. Ran from August to October 1947.

Star: Patricia Jones

13. Musical Merry-Go-Round (1947–1949)

30 min | Music

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Under the title Disc Magic, Kilty played records and sometimes introduced live musical acts. In October, 1947, under the title Musical Merry-Go-Round, the series became all ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Kilty, Frederick DeWilde, Penny Gerard, Eve Young

14. In the Kelvinator Kitchen (1947–1948)

15 min | Family

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A cooking instruction series featuring a kitchen stocked with Kelvinator appliances.

Stars: Ray Forrest, Alma Kitchell

15. Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

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A panel show in which two critics debated a recently-published book; one critic would assail it, the other would praise it. Later in the program, the author would be given the chance to ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barkham, Ray Brock, H.V. Kaltenborn, Quentin Reynolds

16. Dancing on Air (1947– )

30 min

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Dance instruction from the Fred Astaire Studios.

Star: Ed Sims

17. The Wife Saver (1947– )

30 min

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Short-lived (5 weeks) show featuring Allen Prescott in a simulated kitchen telling women how to solve problems.

Star: Allen Prescott

18. Doorway to Fame (1947–1949)

30 min

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An early TV talent show. It is believed that none of the 20,000 people who auditioned ever achieved any great fame beyond this show.

Stars: Johnny Olson, Ned Harvey, Joe Bolton

19. The Borden Show (1947– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Charles Avery, John Baragrey, Doris Belack

20. Party Line (1947– )

30 min

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Star: Bert Parks

21. Americana (1947–1949)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Sponsored by the makers of the Encyclopedia Americana, this quiz show featured questions on obscure bits of American folklore and history that had been sent in by home viewers. Originally, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Mason Brown, Vivian Ferrer, Dick Dudley, Hugh James

22. The Army Hour (1947– )

60 min | Family

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23. Juvenile Jury (1947–1955)

30 min | Game-Show

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An unusual discussion series, in which the panelists were children.

Stars: Jack Barry, Red Skelton, Mary Small

Votes: 10

24. Memory Lane (1947–1951)

Music

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"Memory Lane" was a lighthearted nostalgic live broadcast where "Television's Singing Troubadour," Jimmie Jackson, took his audience on a "musical stroll down Memory Lane." The show also ... See full summary »

Stars: Anita Coleman, Jimmie Jackson, Jimmie Jackson's Memory Lane Orchestra, J.P. Sloane

25. Dancing Club (1948–1964)

30 min | Music

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Popular dance music series.

Stars: Victor Silvester, Adele England, Rosalie Ashley, Joyce Brampton

26. The Jack Eigen Show (1947–1951)

15 min | Talk-Show

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In 1947, the series consisted of Jack Eigen with his guests, while the show also included records being played and the reading of gossip. It is likely the format changed during the run of the series.

Star: Jack Eigen

27. The Handle Bar (1947– )

45 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Jimmy Edwards, Charmian Innes, Humphrey Lestocq, Barry Phelps

28. Charade Quiz (1947–1949)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Viewers sent in charade suggestions for the repertory actors to act out. If the suggestion stumped the panelists, the viewer won $15.

Stars: Bill Slater, Jackson Beck, Ellen Fenwick, Allan Frank

29. The Care of Your Car (1947– )

Documentary

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A series showing how to take care of a car.

Star: Peter Dimmock

30. Spanish Notebook (1947–1948)

30 min | Music

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A programme of music and dances of Spain.

Stars: Isabelita Alonso, Angelo Andes, Consuelo Carmona

31. The Newscenter (1947– )

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Stars: Jim Vance, Arch Campbell, Bob Ryan, George Michael

Votes: 6

32. Television Playhouse (1947–1948)

30 min | Drama

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This program featured live performances of plays, some by famous authors, e.g., Tennessee Williams but featuring actors and actresses who have not reached stardom. Both serious and not so ... See full summary »

33. Birthday Party (1947–1949)

30 min | Family

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Stars: Ted Brown, Aunt Grace, Bill Slater

34. Saturday Night at the Palace (1947–1948)

45 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Doreen Austin, Peter Brough, Howard de Courcey, Jack Haig

35. Eye Witness (1947–1948)

30 min | Documentary

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A documentary series showing every conceivable angle on the workings of television--receiving sets, studios, mobile units, the (literally) everyday problems of broadcasting, even the ... See full summary »

Star: Ben Grauer

36. Squeaky Mulligan, the Talking Cat (1947– )

30 min

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Children's show about the world's only talking cat (puppet) and its name is Squeaky Mulligan.

Stars: Al Jarvis, Arlene Gray, Mike Jarvis, Russell Jefferson

37. Sylvie St. Clair (1947–1948)

15 min | Music

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A music program featuring singer Sylvie St. Clair which aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Star: Sylvie St. Clair

38. Sports Names to Remember (1947–1948)

5 min | Sport

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This early television program, broadcast in the minutes before boxing and wrestling telecasts on New York City station WABD, was a program about sports figures.

39. You'll Be Sorry (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

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An audience participation show.

Stars: Terry O'Sullivan, Beryl Wallace

40. Play the Game (1947– )

35 min | Game-Show

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Stars: Robert McDermott, Cleland Finn, Glenda Davies, Robert Dickens

41. Seaside Concert Parties (1947– )

Comedy, Music

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Stars: Harry Brunning, Ken Douglas, Jimmy Edwards, Eddie Espinosa

42. KSDK News Channel 5 (1947– )

News

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Stars: Nichole Berlie, Christina Colemen, Kiya Edwards, Michelle London

43. Bristol-Myers Tele-Varieties (1947– )

15 min

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A series of programs in various formats, including variety and talk show.

Stars: Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary

44. Look Upon a Star (1947– )

30 min | Music

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This series was a talent show. The talent consisted of high school students.

Star: Bess Myerson

45. Viewers' Viewpoint (1947–1948)

30 min | Talk-Show

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A series of discussions on television programmes.

46. Know Your New York (1947– )

15 min | Game-Show

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Contestants were phoned, and were asked to identify historic buildings and landmarks in New York. Correct answers resulted in the contestant getting $5 and a turkey (at least during an episode broadcast on 20 November 1947).

Stars: Evelyn Peterson, Don Roper

47. Mainly for Women (1947– )

Documentary

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Stars: Doreen Phillips, Isobel Barnett, Louis Cayet, Jean Dacque

48. Show Business, Inc. (1947– )

30 min

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49. Melody Bar Ranch (1947– )

30 min | Music

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A program of western music.

50. Seven Arts Quiz (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

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A panel game show featuring questions about the arts (such as music, theater, dancing, etc).

Star: Bill Slater